C-A board passes resolution backing Common Core standards

FLINT TWP. — The Carman- Ainsworth Board of Education has moved forward with a resolution urging the Michigan Legislature to support and fund implementation of Common Core Standards.

School districts have spent several years planning for implementation of the new educational measurement but progress in now blocked by language in the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) budget which requires legislative approval to move forward,

The MDE is prohibited from spending money on implementing Common Core without that authorization from state legislators.

The House of Representatives has approved the standard but it remains in limbo before state senators.

The resolution passed by the C-A school board will be sent to legislators and the Michigan Association of School Boards.

The standards define what students should know at the conclusion of a course of study but do not dictate curriculum or prescribe a particular method of instruction, according to the resolution.

The C-A school board recognizes that in order for students to compete in a knowledge-based, global economy, Michigan needs consistent standards meeting benchmarks for all students. Common Core Standards were developed by states for states to provide a consistent set of K-12 expectations that lead to college readiness, the resolution further stated.

Common Core Standards also maintain local control of curriculum and teaching methods including textbook selection and other educational materials.

The state Board of Education voted unanimously on June 15, 2010 to adopt the Common Core Standards as the Michigan Core Standards for mathematics and English/language Arts.

“Failure to implement Common Core will jeopardize the waiver Michigan received under the No Child Left Behind Act, causing a majority of school districts in the state to fall below the adequate yearly progress standard,’’ the resolution stated.

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